Staying at Home with a Baby
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Staying at home with a baby full time is one of the hardest jobs in the world! Exhaustion, messes of all kinds, and constantly adjusting to baby’s needs are only the start. But the rewards of seeing your baby learn and grow every day are priceless. Read my best tips for staying at home with a baby, and tell me yours in the comments!
Lower Your Expectations
If you think you’re failing every day because you can’t manage to keep the house sparkling, whip up a five star meal, and have on a full face of makeup, let me tell you – it’s not just you! Lower your expectations of yourself a bit (or a lot). If you can, focus of getting the essentials done – a load of laundry, maybe a shower, a sink of dishes. If you can do those, you’re already ahead! Anything you have time for on top of that is extra, and consider yourself lucky! Check out my tips for getting stuff done with a baby.
There’s a stereotype of SAHMs, that we’re always exhausted, can never shower, with one boob hanging out and covered with spit-up stains. In my opinion, that’s completely accurate! At least for the first few months. Accept that this is what you’ll probably end up looking like and just go with it!
Enlist your husband or some other close loved ones to help you in the housework department! But if that’s not an option, consider getting a house cleaner, or groceries delivered, or a mother’s helper. Whatever you need to stay sane and keep your house from completely falling apart!
Prioritize the Basics
The basics are healing (if you’ve just given birth or if you’re not feeling well), rest, nourishing food, and basic hygiene. Those things take precedence for both baby and YOU!
Get a Carrier
In my opinion, a baby carrier is the absolute best way to bring your baby around with you. Emma pretty much lived in her baby carrier from Target for the first six months of her life! She was content and snuggly, and I had my hands free. Win-win!
Make Time for You
Prioritize yourself! We SAHMs spend all day giving to others, and by the end of the day we can feel empty. Take some time to do something just for you, whether it’s finally getting a hot shower, or going to bed early. Taking care of yourself is the absolute best way to avoid stay-at-home mom burnout!
Routines & Schedules
Figuring out a stay-at-home mom schedule that works for you can be really frustrating. Each day home with baby is full of new challenges and headaches! But having a basic routine or schedule is great for both your sanity and your baby’s as she gets older. Knowing what to expect next can help both of you stay calm!
What helped you most when you were staying at home with a baby? Tell me in the comments!
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